Each year, many women and their families make the difficult decision to leave abusive relationships in hopes for a life of security and safety. However, for millions of women the path out of these relationships can be difficult and unclear.
I often hear the words, "Why doesn't she just leave, it doesn't make sense?" The reasons why domestic violence victims stay in abusive relationships are not always simple; however, one answer always rises to the top-money. In fact, research shows a victim’s access to money and resources is the number one predictor of whether they will have to return to an abusive relationship.
To help provide women and their families with financial resources to move from safety to security, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) has partnered with The Allstate Foundation and National Network to End Domestic Violence. Through this partnership, we are providing financial education and resources to hundreds of domestic violence survivors in Kansas – with the hope that this knowledge will propel them out of abusive relationships and onto the path toward financial empowerment.
This April, as Financial Literacy Month comes to an end, it's time to reflect on our personal finances and make plans for our futures. This April I'm hoping you'll join me in making a promise to focus on ways that we can all become financially secure, but to also help those in our state and your community that need a helping hand to live free from violence.
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.